NZNO Membership Committee

The NZNO Membership Committee is a standing committee established under clause 23 of the NZNO Constitution. The Committee is accountable to NZNO members and its general purpose is to bring a membership perspective to the Board.

The Committee is made up of one representative from each region, two College and Section representatives, two representatives from the National Student Unit, and the President and Vice President.

The Committee encourages members to contact them with views or concerns they feel should be addressed.

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Meet the Membership Committee

Sandra CorbettSandra Corbett

Chair - Membership Committee

Hawke's Bay Regional Representative

Of Ngāti Pikiao and Te Arawa Iwi affiliations, currently employed as Kaiwhakahaere (Māori coordinator) for the National Cervical Screening Programme at Hawke’s Bay DHB.

I have been active member and office holder of NZNO since 2000, and an active member of the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council. I have served as a representative on Te Rūnanga Executive, NMAC, Board of Directors, Audit and Risk, Governance Leaders Employment Committee (CLEC) committees and presently on the Membership Committee.

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Evelyn HawkinsEvelyn Hawkins

Te Tai Tokerau Regional Representative

I am a hospital trained Registered Nurse, currently working at a Private Surgical Hospital. Surgical nursing has been my focus and I've been a member of NZNO for over 40 years.

I have been an active delegate throughout this time, a workplace delegate now for 21 years, and am currently vice-chair of Te Tai Tokerau Regional Council (previously chair).

I believe in common humanity, creativity, compassion, hard work, realism and a sense of fairness.

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Karnel SinghKarnel Singh

Greater Auckland Regional Representative

I migrated to New Zealand in late 2000 as a qualified Plumber and Drainlayer. Due to personal reasons I had to leave the trade but still hold a Certified Drainlayers Licence for which I have to renew competencies on a yearly basis.

I have been an NZNO member for 6 years and a workplace delegate for 4 years in ARHOP AT&R at Counties Middlemore; I studied at MIT in South Auckland.

In 2014 I was invited to attend the NZNO Conference and AGM; since then I am now part of the Greater Auckland Regional Council.  I have recently been elected to represent 14,000 Auckland Regional Members to the Membership Committee.

I love what I do and I do my best to help anyone who needs my help.

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Carol Friend

Bay of Plenty/Tairāwhiti Regional Representative

I was brought up in a small King country town called Taumarunui. 

I completed my hospital based training in our local hospital in the early seventies.  I later married and had three children.  In 1983 we moved to Whakatane in the sunny Bay of Plenty; I worked at the Whakatane hospital in various roles culminating in my current duty manager position.

Along the way I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in social science and a Masters degree in clinical nursing.

I have been an NZNO delegate since 1989, a workplace delegate, hospital convenor, Regional Council member and NMAC representative. 

I currently belong to The JERC (Senior Nurse job evaluation group) and last but not least the BOP/Tairawhiti Membership Committee.

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Jennie RaeJennie Rae

Central Region Representative

I completed my nursing training via Taranaki Polytechnic in 1991 and since have gone on to study in several post-graduate programmes, holding PG Certs in both nursing and business studies. I have also completed a Master of Nursing. My career has been focused around aged care and mental health, having held various positions including roles in quality and management. My current role is Service Co-ordinator Community Mental Health at Taranaki DHB.

I have been an active delegate and member of NZNO for over 15 years being involved in both the professional and industrial arms of the organisation. I am currently a workplace delegate and Chair of Central Regional Council. Previously I have been a member of the Board of Directors, National DHB Sector delegate, National committee member and Chair of the Mental Health Nurses Section, and have been involved in various other groups and committees.

I have a strong sense of social justice and have been involved in not-for-profit community agencies in a voluntary capacity for many years.

In my spare time I enjoy reading, gardening, tramping and travelling!

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Rebecca IsaacRebecca Isaac

Greater Wellington Region Representative

Kia Ora,

I was born and raised in Porirua, 30 minutes north of Wellington where I now work as a community mental health nurse.

Nursing has been my passion since 2003, when I started my degree. My nursing experience includes surgical nursing, inpatient mental health, prison nursing, practice nursing and district nursing while living in London.

I come from a family that has a strong union background. My Welsh unionist ancestors, six generations back, left Wales in search of better living conditions in New Zealand. I have been an NZNO member since 2003, a workplace delegate since 2009 and I am an active member of the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

I am keen to fulfill my representative role of this area and welcome contact from any Greater Wellington Region NZNO member.

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Joan Knight Joan Knight

Vice Chair Membership Committee

Top of the South Regional Representative

I am a Registered General and Obstetric Nurse. I trained at Nelson Hospital in the early seventies; now currently working in the Assessment, Treatment and Rehabilitiation Unit at Nelson Hospital NMDHB.

I have been a Workplace delegate for the ATR Unit since 2005, a member of the Top of the South Regional Council since 2007, Top of the South Representative for the Membership Committee since 2013 and Chair of NZNO Top of the South Regional Council from 2015.  I'm currently the Vice Chair of the Membership Committee.      

My previous experience within NZNO was the NZNO Workplace Convenor for Nelson Hospital from 2009 to 2015 and on the NZNO Board of Directors as Top of the South Representative from 2011 to 2013.

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Andrea ReillyAndrea Reilly

West Coast Regional Representative

Ko  Te Ahu Pahiki tōku Maunga, Ko Kaituna tōku Awa, Ko Bullock Mire tōku Waka, Ko Pakeha tōku Iwi, No Ōtautahi ahau, Kai Mawhera tōku kainga inianei, Ko Alan raua ko Dawn oku matua, Ko Andrea Reilly tōku ingoa.

I have been a member of NZNO since 2001, and an active delegate for Community and Clinical Nurse Specialist Nursing teams for the West Coast DHB since 2013.

I stared working as a registered nurse for the West Coast DHB as a new graduate in 2001 and have been fortunate to hold a number of community nursing positions over that time. I currently hold the position of Cancer Nurse Coordinator CNS for the West Coast DHB.

I am committed to quality health care and improved patient outcomes in the cancer care continuum. And I am keen to be an active representative to the West Coast (Tai Poutini) NZNO membership.

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Erica-May DonovanErica-May Donovan

Canterbury Regional Representative

My name is Erica Donovan and I am a Primary Healthcare Nurse residing in Christchurch. I started my involvement with NZNO as a member of the National Student Unit and Canterbury Regional Council, then became a workplace delegate upon graduation.

I have an interest in health writing and run a support and education Facebook page for nurses, midwives, students and other healthcare workers called The Nurse Path. I am a member of the College of Emergency Nurses and the College of Primary nurses.

I look forward to representing my Canterbury colleagues on the Membership Committee.

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Robyn Hewlett

Southern Regional Representative

I have been involved extensively within NZNO regionally and nationally since the 1990's where I was a member of the NZNO Board of Directors for 5 years.

Previously a member of the Nursing & Midwifery Advisory Committee (NMAC) for 2 years; Chairperson of the Enrolled Nurse Section NZNO serving 5 and 4 years and Secretary of the Enrolled Nurse Section NZNO.

I was also a Committee member and part of the management committee of NZNO Southern Region Council since the 1990's, I am a Workplace delegate, have been a previous member of DHB Sector Group and currently a member of the DHB/NZNO MECA negotiating team.

I am Chairperson for the Southern Regional Enrolled Nurse Section and liaise with two Polytechnics offering the New Zealand Diploma in Enrolled Nursing within the Southern Region.

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Grant BrookesGrant Brookes, President


Ko Kapukataumahaka te māungaKo Ōwheo te awaKo Cornwall tōku wakaKo Ngā Kaimahi o Te Ao tōku iwiNō Ōtepoti āhauKo Don rāua ko Helen ōku mātuaKo Grant Brookes tōku ingoa.

Originally from Dunedin, Grant studied nursing by the Water of Leith which flows near the foot of Mount Cargill. After graduating from Otago Polytech in 1996 he entered the Mental Health NESP programme at Auckland DHB, where he later helped to establish the Early Intervention Service at Cornwall House. Since 2002, he has worked as a Staff Nurse at Te Whare o Matairangi Mental Health Recovery Unit in Wellington.

Grant has held a number of roles in NZNO, including Workplace Delegate (2002-), Relief Organiser (2010), Convenor of the DHB Sector National Delegates Committee (2012-) and Member of the NZNO Board of Directors (2012-13). As Chair of the NZNO Greater Wellington Regional Council (2010-2013), he was responsible for submissions on professional issues, and he was recently (2014-) elected to the Mental Health Nurses Section Committee.

In addition to his NZNO roles, Grant also represents the NZ Council of Trade Unions on the Board of the Newtown Union Health Service.

Grant has a strong interest in the social determinants of health, and has nursed in Australia and the UK.

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Yasmeen JonesYasmeen Jones

National Student Unit Delegate

Kia ora! My name is Yasmeen Jones, and I am currently finishing my second year as a nursing student. I was born in Ōtautahi, but have found my heart in Takaka, France and Venezuela.

I have a deep enthusiasm for the study of the structure and functionality of political systems and the resulting outcomes for society and our planet. I feel compelled to follow a path that will enable me to protect, and advocate for, our land, our people and the creatures that live upon this planet along with us.

I admire the deep truth of my favourite quote - 'The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding of compassion.' Good old Socrates. I love nursing and I intend to become a nurse practitioner.

When I'm not feeling quite so serious about life, I love to sing, dance, write, garden, and ride my bicycle to the seaside. I am delighted to be a part of this committee.

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Shontelle SamuelShontelle Samuel

National Student Unit Delegate

Ko Maungatautari te Maunga,

Ko Waikato te Awa,

Ko Tainui te Waka,

Ko Raungaiti te Marae,

Ko Ngati Haua te Iwi,

Ko Ngati Te Oro te Hapu,

Ko Shontelle toku ingoa.

I am currently at the end of my second year, studying a Bachelor of Nursing at MIT in Auckland. I have been involved with NZNO as a student delegate since January, and have just been elected as the Vice-Chair of the National Student Unit last month. I have a close partnership with the TRT members and actively participate in indigenous conferences as a student member. Alongside these roles, I have previously stood as a class representitive and a peer mentor throughout my nursing degree.

I look forward to engaging with NZNO throughout the rest of my studies, and furthermore throughout my career.

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Victoria SantosVictoria Santos

College and Section Representative

I am an international Qualified Nurse from the Philippines.  I was registered by the New Zealand Nursing Council in 2007.  I was a maternity and NICU nurse in the Philippines but have a different role now.  I am a Staff Nurse at the Department of Corrections working at the Auckland Region Women's Corrections Facility holding the hepatitis and diabetes portfolio.

I have been a member of the NZNO from the time I was doing the Bridging program at Wintec in Hamilton 2007.

I am a representative of NZ College of Primary Health Care and one of the College and Sections Representative of the NZNO Membership Committee.

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Membership Committee Documents

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  • One member, one vote presentation
  • FAQ sheet in relation to the above presentation
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